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LIVE GAME BLOG: UMass At No. 4 Northeastern - Game Three

Cory Quirk sets the UMass Games Played record tonight with his 150th career appearance.

Cory Quirk sets the UMass Games Played record tonight with his 150th career appearance.

March 15, 2009

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    BOSTON - Good evening and welcome to the UMass Hockey in-game blog. This is it; Game Three of the Hockey East Quarterfinals between the UMass Minutemen and the No. 4 Northeastern Huskies. UMass took the first game of the series Friday night, 2-1, before the Huskies forced the winner-take-all matchup with a 4-1 win last night. The winner tonight heads to the TD Banknorth Garden for the 25th annual Hockey East Championship Tournament.

    Last night the Minutemen got into a bit of trouble by taking penalties and giving the Huskies seven power play chances. Hopefully they can tighten up and be more disciplined tonight. It's been a long weekend here in Boston, but the Minutemen want a reason to come back here next Friday.

    9:45 PM: Our final score here tonight is 3-2 Northeastern. A great fight from UMass to force overtime and a three-game series with the Huskies. Northeastern will move on to the Hockey East Semifinals next weekend. Thanks to everyone for checking out the blog all season long. Special thanks to my partner Matt Houde, our broadcast team Brock Hines, Donnie Moorhouse, and Josh Maurer and to everyone else who has helped out to bring you UMass Hockey! It's been a fun season and I think we have a lot to build on for next year. Thanks again!

    9:44 PM: Huskies win with 9:34 remaining in the period. Alex Tuckerman hits the gamewinner as he collected a loose puck around the bottom of the right hand circle and roofed it to the left hand corner of the cage.

    9:40 PM: 10:48 remaining, still tied 2-2, we have an injured Huskie on the ice which has given us a momentary break from what has been probably the fastest paced period so far of the entire series.

    9:37 PM: 12:11 remaining, still tied 2-2, the tension in the building is ridiculous!

    9:34 PM: 14:18 remaining in the first OT and it is still tied 2-2.

    9:23 PM: And we are about to start overtime. In the play-offs, it's a bit different as you have another 15 minute intermission and a 20 minute overtime period. It is still sudden death. If neither team scores, repeat until you have a winner. In shampoo terms, rinse and repeat.



    9:08 PM: UMASS GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Matt Irwin does it again with 35 seconds to go in the third, 2-2 and we're heading to overtime! It's Irwin's third goal of the series!

    9:05 PM: 1:14 remaining in the third, still 2-1 Northeastern. UMass calls a timeout as we have a face-off at the UMass side of the neutral zone. Dainton is still in goal for now.

    9:00 PM: 4:00 left in the third, still 2-1 Northeastern.

    8:55 PM: 7:27 left in the third, still 2-1 Northeastern.

    8:48 PM: 13:00 left in the third period and it is still 2-1 Northeastern.

    836 PM: The third period is now underway...

    8:21 PM: At the end of the second period, it's still 2-1 Northeastern.

    8:08 PM: Northeastern tacks on another goal to make it 2-1 with 8:31 remaining on a 4-on-1 breakaway as Ryan Ginand back-hands it over Dainton.

    8:07 PM: The Huskies tie the game at 1-1 with a power play goal from Alex Tuckerman who wristed a rocket from the right circle through traffic.

    8:05 PM: UMass takes it's second penalty of the period after killing off an earlier NU power play in the second period...9:45 remaining in the period, still UMass 1, Northeastern 0.

    7:55 PM: A quick start to the second period as UMass gets a power play and then a 5x3. UMass goes up 1-0 thanks to a James Marcou shot from the left goal line that richocetted off a Northeastern defenseman past Thiessen. We have 15:32 remaining in the period, UMass 1, Northeastern 0.

    7:50 PM: The second period is now underway...

    7:47 PM: I'm happy to say that all three of our local television stations (CBS3, ABC40, NBC22) will be here tonight all of you back home will be able to see some highlights from tonight's action. If you missed the game last night on NESN, then you can check out the highlight video player on the front of - it also has some highlights from the men's lacrosse game against Brown and the very exciting women's lacrosse win over Stony Brook (undefeated at home with #1 Northwestern coming in for a night game at McGuirk Stadium on March 25 - 7 PM).

    7:36 PM: The first period comes to an end and we are scoreless. Every game this series has been scoreless after the first period, so why should this game be any different. UMass evened the face-off department winning 10-of-19, but Northeastern held a 13-to-9 shot advantage. Much calmer tonight on the penalty front as each team had just one. Neither team was able to convert with the extra man advantage (or else we wouldn't be scoreless now would we)?

    7:27 PM: 4:27 remaining in the first period and still no score. UMass' Scott Crowder was sent to the box for elbowing giving Northeastern a power play a few minutes ago, but the Minutemen were able to kill it off. Faceoffs have been an issue so far as the Huskies have won 9-of-14 so far.

    7:11 PM: Northeastern kills off the penalty and we are back to even strength with 15:51 remaining in the first. 0-0.

    7:08 PM: 17:59 remaining in the first half and Northeastern's Louis Liotti is sent to the box for interference. UMass power play.

    7:04 PM: Here we go folks, another electric atmosphere here in Matthews Arena. The game is now underway and UMass wins the opening face-off.

    6:51 PM: A big note for tonight, Cory Quirk has now set the UMass Games Played record with his 150th career appearance - every game of his career. He passes David Leaderer who played in 149 career games. Hopefully, Cory will be able to extend that streak a few more games after tonight!

    6:49 PM: The starters for Northeastern tonight are Greg Costa (left wing), Steve Silva (center), Chris Donovan (right wing), Jim Driscoll (left defense), David Strathman (right defense) and Brad Thiessen in goal.

    5:57 PM: We are just over an hour away from gametime, and Coach Cahoon has just given John Sinnett UMass' starters for tonight:
    Leftwing: Brian Keane
    Center: Brett Watson
    Rightwing: Scott Crowder
    Left Defense: Martin Nolet
    Right Defense: Justin Braun
    Goaltender: Paul Dainton

    5:48 PM: We have one other game of note of tap for tonight: Game Three between Boston University and Maine. The Terriers took Game One of the series Friday with a 2-1 win before Maine responded with a 6-3 win last night. UMass-Lowell and Boston College clinched spots in the Championship Tournament last night with wins at Vermont and New Hampshire, respectively. BU and the Black Bears will drop the puck at 7 PM right down the street at Agganis Arena.

    Ben Oven has carried his flag to Boston each night of the series!

    5:30 PM: We'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Ben Oven, the famous UMass flag-bearer at home games in Amherst. Mark Anderson brought to our attention that Ben is always in the student section ferociously waving his flag in support of the Minutemen. Thanks to Ben for all his support.

    5:23 PM: There are two changes tonight in the UMass lineup, with Brian Keane replacing Jordan Virtue and Michael Marcou filling in for Doug Kublin. Northeastern is sporting the same lineup as last night.

    5:15 PM: The team just arrived at Matthews Arena and are getting a stretch and taping their sticks before a team meeting a 5:50 PM. It looks like the Minutemen are focused on the task at hand tonight.


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